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Old 05-01-2014, 05:45 AM   #1
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Florida Luv Bug report?

We're heading down to Disney this weekend from Louisiana (I-10 / I-75).

How are the luv bugs running right now?
We went last year at this same time and they were bad. The front of my truck an 5'ver were black.
Had a heck of a time cleaning them off, even with some preventative prepping.

We get some bad luv bug seasons here in south Louisiana but I haven't seen one so far this year.


thanks, Boog
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Didn't notice any on our 40 mile trip from the airport in Orlando to Titusville Tuesday around noon.
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They're horrible just South of where you'll be. Quite a few rigs that have come into the park are just full of them. We're located in Zephyrhills. You may get lucky and miss them. Have a great trip and be safe.
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I am south in FT Myers and there are just a few right now. However, that could change any day as May and Sept are the worst months. As for cleaning them off, wet them down, the longer the better and use a dryer sheet on a scrubby pad. Something about dryer sheets that do soften them up. Whatever it is them that softens cloths also softens Love Bugs.
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Here's a recent email from a former RV owner friend in Florida. he is describing removing love bugs from his prized Corvette C7.

Several weeks ago I attended a car show and a friend told me that he had discovered a great way to remove love bugs (and bugs in general) from your car. He said to get a squirt bottle and fill with water and add a "Bounce" fabric softener sheet that you use in the clothes dryer, shake it up and squirt those bugs! Let set for about 5 minutes and spray the affected area with a hose with a spray attachment and.......................watch the bugs slide right off! Amazing!

I just returned from Orlando and the front of my car was covered with bugs. This worked!

Some of you may already be aware of this, but if you were not, this is a wonderful way to attack these bugs without all the scrubbing!

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Interesting. I'll try that. Hope it works. I hate those love bugs.
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Saw a few today in Green Cove Springs. Nothing on the car yet but it won't be long before they are thick.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:36 PM   #8
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Thanks or the replies guys.
I wanna try that Bounce sheet in the spray bottle.

Another good trick I've used is to wipe on a coat of wax and let it dry without polishing it off. The front of your truck and rig are hazy with wax but nothing sticks to it.
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We use the dryer sheets directly on the car surface with a drop of Dawn or car wash.

Also, hydrogen peroxide eats organics really well.
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I put about 1/2 to 1/2 mix of hydrogen peroxide with water... put it in a solid color spray bottle and spray the bugs... works as good as anything. Need to use a solid color sprayer as the light will degrade the peroxide quickly ... been using this on motorcycles for awhile with no adverse impact to paint of plastic
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I put about 1/2 to 1/2 mix of hydrogen peroxide with water... put it in a solid color spray bottle and spray the bugs... works as good as anything. Need to use a solid color sprayer as the light will degrade the peroxide quickly ... been using this on motorcycles for awhile with no adverse impact to paint of plastic

Remember, don't get a lot of it on your MC fork seals.
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I live in Pensacola, Fl. You'll be going through here on I-10. I haven't seen any love bugs yet, but it will not be long before they arrive. Hope you have a super trip.
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We're located about an hour northwest of Orlando, and they were very thick flying around the outside of our rig yesterday. Fortunately, we are stationary for the time being.

Another trick I recently read about to make love bugs easier to remove is to lightly spray the front of your rig with Pam and wipe with or paper towel. You can also apply a small thin film of baby oil with a paper towel. DO NOT APPLY TO WINDSHIELD.
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Just did a long trip from ATL to Ft Myers, than to Miami, then back.

They were HORRIBLE south of Tampa. Can't report on central Fl.

Don't miss these damn bugs having moved away. Until i plan a trip during season. Ugh.
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